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The utter deliciousness of settling into a good book

That feeling of sinking into the most comfortable chair in the house – the one roomy enough to put your legs in any direction – with a book that you’ve been anticipating for months. The book that you know will keep your attention riveted and is guaranteed not to disappoint. I don’t pretend that I’ve written that book, but I know it’s the feeling I want readers to have when they’re reading my stuff. When I sit down to the computer this is the feeling…

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Relaxed, Elegant, and Slightly Dilapidated

This is my new mantra for my life. Gardens, interiors… myself – all could benefit from striving for this without going beyond. I discovered the phrase will looking about for inspiration for my entry way and browsing French interiors online as a possibility. While I thought I had borrowed the phrase directly it turns out that my brain did some mental adjusting to the original “relaxed, luxurious, and often ramshackle” found in a Telegraph article (the video section). So I guess this is my very…

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The unofficial end of summer

I’ll be making the last ice cream of the year this weekend – a repeat of the amazing blackberry from a few weeks ago. Fresh Himalayan blackberries from the field, eggs from the hens and lots of love stirred in. Ice cream tastes different when you know the name of the chicken that laid the egg. The chickens are positively blossoming – Maisy is over her bout of adolescent broodiness and Cleopatra deigned finally, to add a blue egg to the mix, nicely contrasting with…

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Toxic to Touch will launch Aug 1

Ten years after the pandemic, island survivors search the wreckage of civilization and help each other find food, lost loved ones, or even heirloom tomatoes… except someone may have helped a disliked member of the community to an early death. Garden enthusiast Jane suspects the dead woman’s secrets may be the cause—and may be still threatening the tiny community from beyond the grave. Potentially the world’s first post-apocalyptic cozy mystery is about to hit the virtual shelves!  At just over 8,000 words you’ll soon be…

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The first year

The first year of Short Meadow as a house, a project, and a way of life is officially complete. A lot got done and a lot didn’t!  Some projects, like the raised garden beds have informed on new projects – it’s simply too windy here and a hoop greenhouse is going to be required for any real vegetable production.  There is an unbounded lack of constraint that is perhaps even more challenging than trying to garden a city lot. How do you plant a windbreak…

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Everything Old is New Again

I have vague memories of a particular Christmas that involved endless silk screening of a cedar twig onto heavy red paper for Christmas cards – back when volume was socially necessary AND crafting was big. I was too young at the time to do more than beg to have a turn and the equipment got buried in a move not long after.  If you remember this era at all you’ll probably recall similar leaves and things screen printed onto bags and tea towels and endless…

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The Coyotes sing in the Flower Moon

On Wednesday, just as it was getting dark, two family groups of coyotes gathered on either side of Short Meadow. They were probably at least a mile in either direction but when their voices rose in song they raised the roof. It was eerie and beautiful and I could have happily gone to sleep with the romance of it all. Ella had a different opinion. By the time I got her to settle down and my ears had stopped ringing from her vocal attempts to…

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The Merry Month of May

I’ve given in and ordered more tomato seeds – the first seedlings succumbed to wind and cold temperatures. The second batch may not do any better but at least I’ll have tried. Meanwhile the chickens are awaiting their new (and expensive) run. I was going to build one but then I threw my back out so in the interest of time, predator prevention, and getting other things done I got out my credit card. A rhubarb crisp is in the oven as I write, technically…

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Playing with Pattern

If I were independently wealthy I would split my time between the garden and the studio all day, every day. I never feel quite worthy of the Adobe Creative Suite, and that’s the old version. So I’ve begun playing with a little more focus, making patterns and just seeing where things take me – if nothing else I’ll start remembering where things are in the menu a little better.  According to the International Home + Housewares Show, which kindly posts some of its presentations, triangles…

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